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Posted on May 17 2021

Canada Express Entry invites candidates with 401 as min. CRS score

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Canada did it again. Canada immigration had another round of invitations involving Express Entry candidates held recently. The minimum CRS score requirement for this immigration event held on May 13, 2021, was 401.

The minimum CRS score for the candidates invited by IRCC was just 1 point above the comparable draw held previously. The candidates also required to have eligibility for the CEC. This meant that they possessed at least a year of skilled work experience in Canada. They also required language proficiency in English/French at the intermediate level.

IRCC applied a cut-off time to implement the tie-break rule. This was done according to administrative requirements. It doesn’t essentially mean that an actual tie happened. Canada immigration candidates who had 401 as their minimum CRS score were invited only if they submitted their Express Entry profile before April 29, 2021, at 11:48:14 UTC.

Every CEC candidate has previous experience working in the Canadian labor market. This particular advantage is a major point of consideration while determining the eligibility criteria of a candidate. As the Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen, David Cohen stated, having Canadian experience demonstrates a high correlation with higher instances of being employed and earning higher.

Express Entry in 2021: An overview

66,475 candidates have been invited in 2021 so far. The number of invites issued in 2021 so far is at a rate that surpasses last year’s rate considerably. The reason for this could be that IRCC is conducting larger immigration draws. This includes the February 13 draw in which all CEC candidates were invited to apply.

Canada is making its best efforts to bring in 401,000 new Canada PR visa holders this year even when travel restrictions due to COVID-19 continue. IRCC has consistently held immigration draws that aim for candidates who are quite possibly in Canada already. The number of candidates under CEC and PNP is high in Canada.

The score criteria are very different in PNP and CEC draws.

PNP candidates, due to their provincial nomination, automatically receive an extra 600 CRS points. This means that their score requirements are much higher.

CEC draws are typical in that they need lower CRS scores. The reason is that the candidates aren’t in competition with other candidates for invites. Hence, the draws of larger sizes accept candidates with lower CRS scores to be sent invites to. The CEC-only draw held previously sought candidates to have a score of only 400.

About Express Entry

When it comes to managing applications for 3 federal immigration programs for highly-skilled immigration candidates, the Express Entry system is what works it out. It’s an online application management system for immigration programs namely CEC, FSWP, and FSTP.

It works very much like the EOI system. In an EOI system, interested candidates submit a profile. These profiles are then ranked. Express Entry uses the CRS which gives points based on human capital factors. Education, age, skilled work experience, and skills in the official language are a few of these factors.

IRCC issues ITAs to candidates who score the highest. The ITAs are issued via Express Entry draws. Those who receive them can go ahead and apply for Canada PR.

It’s through immigration programs managed via Express Entry that the largest number of new immigrants are expected to arrive in Canada.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

EOI – Expression of Interest

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class


Canada Express Entry


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